Lucky Brit wins £2.5m in poker tournament after being ranked 19,366th worldwide

One lucky Brit has scooped £2.5million at a Las Vegas poker tournament – despite ranking 19,366th in the world at the card game.

Jack Oliver, who used to work as a financial analyst at Jaguar Land Rover, made the final table at the World Series of Poker in Sin City.

The 26-year-old and his girlfriend jetted off to the States to see him play in the tournament in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

As his partner cheered him on he managed to finish third and bag the impressive winnings totalling $3million (£2.5m), writes The Mirror.

After becoming a multi-millionaire, Jack said: "I mean I can’t complain can I?

"There's six thousand and something other people that didn’t make it this far so what have I got to complain about?

"I think I played well and that’s kind of all that matters really.

"That’s all you can do in this game.

"Of course it’s going to change my life in some ways – it’s a lot of money – but as much as it is about the money it’s kind of not.

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"I play poker for the love of the game and will continue to do so and hopefully play a lot more poker in the years to come."

The WSOP main event is seen as the highlight of the international poker calendar.

Jack, hailing from St Albans, Hertfordshire, fell in love with the game while studying business management at University.

Over the past five years, his total poker earnings stood at £87,000, with the top prize coming in at £20,000.

But he's now smashed that total after his third-place spot in the week-long tournament next to 6,650 other players.

At the tournament, all players are given an equal number of chips to begin with.

Jack managed to enter the final three with 77,300,000 chips but was knocked out by American George Holmes.

Mr Holmes was knocked out by German Koray Aldemir, 31, who ended up bagging the top prize of $8million (Just under £6million).

It comes after Brit Sam Razavi, a professional poker player, complained over the price of a bag of Skittles in his hotel minibar.

The 41-year-old ranted at the prices in the Vegas hotels when he travelled for the world tournament earlier this year, which was later cancelled due to Covid.

He said his gambling loss wasn't what "stung him most" but how Pringles were priced at £6.80, Skittles, £9.50, and a bottle of water £7.50.

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